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What's a Quilt with Two Missing Blocks?

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I finally put together my Tea Party blocks which I featured here in 2018 - one a month. But, for some reason I didn't count yesterday when I put them into a quilt. I'm missing the November and December blocks! I didn't realize it until today - too late! Quilt top is done and I'm NOT going to rip it apart to add the two renegade blocks. They are shamelessly hiding in my sewing room getting a big kick out of giving me more gray hair. Here is the quilt. Very organic. Blocks are a variety of sizes, but the patterns I gave here were for a standard 10" finished size. I don't want to give you gray hairs! My Tea Party Quilt : 49" x 56" I compiled all 12 blocks AND color photos of each block into a 25 page pdf and I offer it on Etsy . (Remember, I can no longer use Craftsy, so all those individual blocks are gone.) If you want to see the various posts of these blocks, and quite a few process shots of how I constructed them, go to the Search window

The Red Hat 2019 BOM is Here!

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I've been working on these blocks for two weeks now (not full-time, of course!). I wanted to have all 9 blocks finished before launching this new Block of the Month. Here is the Stepping Out Quilt that uses the 5 different blocks (two are repeated). As I said last week, this was first a set of blocks I designed for Intown Quilters in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004. Then I incorporated them into my Block a Day calendars. I'm now shopping for a perfect blue for those sashings. Stepping Out Quilt: 39" x 39". Block Size: 9" These blocks are not free because, as you may remember, I've lost my Craftsy shop and am slowly migrating over to Etsy. I get charged fees on Etsy (and I am not complaining; that's how business runs!) These blocks will be $1.00 for the month in which they run . After that, they will be $3.00. I did that last year and I had no complaints. This was a lot of work (but fun work!) Here is my Red Hat block. January Block: The Red Hat

Quilting with Plaids and Stripes - and Giveaway!

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Today I share a short tutorial on the Sew In Love With Fabric blog (Benartex) on making these Hourglass blocks with no funky templates. I used the new Warp and Weft Collection by The Modern Quilt Studio. How would you like to win a fat quarter bundle (8-10) of these awesome fabrics? Read this, go over to the Sew in Love with Fabric site and then let me know which of these two sets of fabrics would have been your first choice to sew with! Here's a sneak peek at the fabrics: Warp and Weft in Crayon Colors Yes, I know there are gray and black and red crayons! But I only wanted the bright colors for my project. Go see it! I put aside these grays (and red) for another quilt I show how to make a set of blocks in Warp and Weft . It is a technique I've used for almost 20 years and I've made several quilts with it. I call it Yikes! Those Stripes ! My first Yikes! quilt from 2001 A second quilt (also in my Etsy pattern) was made with some bright Lakehouse f

Lakeland 2019 Sewing Expo Classes

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We're back! And I am bringing several new classes for the four days I'll be in sunny Florida. The first one is an all day class in what's called "More the Day Before." The New York Beauty is vintage updated with today's piecing using foundations - no funky templates. The center Dogwood Blossom blocks (7-1/2" finished size) are foundation pieced and then we set in the curves. The Dogtooth borders are also foundation pieced to get those awesome sharp points. The four corner Lone Stars are quick rotary cut for - you guessed it! - foundation piecing! New York Beauty , quilted by Jane Hauprich 1. Wednesday March 13, 9am - 5pm:   New York Beauty Debby has done it again, with classic blocks made simple and fool-proof. Conquer your fear of curves and points with this no-fail New York Beauty, updated with today’s fabrics and techniques. If you can sew a straight line, you can make this quilt. Using Debby’s Strip-EZ method of paper piecing, you can e

Twisted Hexagons and a New Pattern

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This was a popular workshop several years ago and I still continue to make these quilts. I love to fussy cut the center motifs and these Corsage fabrics (Kaffe Fassett) were just calling out to me to be front-and-center for a Twisted Hexagon block. What do you think? I cut out a freezer paper hexagon and then removed the center so I could center my motif. Ironed the freezer paper "window" onto the fabric and cut out. Freezer paper template for a 6" (finished) hexagon Motif centered inside a 6-1/2" freezer paper window Then I selected some fabrics for my half-hexagons. I have a lot of usable scraps that work well with these Corsage fabrics. I cut 3 half-hexagons of one print and 3 of another. Whole hexagon and 6 half-hexagons  Here's another set: Whole hexagon and 6 half-hexagons  And what does one block look like? Twisted Hexagon block. Finishes to 12" high by 13-1/2" wide There are NO y-seams. This is pieced in a log ca

Atlanta 2019 Sewing Expo Classes

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Happy New Year! I wish all my quilting and sewing friends a year full of fabric, thread and beautiful quilting creations. I am my happiest when sitting at my sewing machine making something new. I like taking the ideas in my head and making samples for new classes. The Atlanta Sewing Expo is coming March 6 - 9 (Wednesday - Saturday). I am teaching 4 classes and I hope you will consider taking one or more (if this is in your geographic area, of course!) The Wednesday class is called "More the Day Before" and I am teaching my New York Beauty . Wednesday, March 6 from 9 am to 5 pm: What do you think? You've seen this quilt before. I finished sewing the quilt top 9 years ago, never having the courage to quilt it myself. I even took those Dogtooth borders off because another teacher saw the irregular, mismatched rows at the bottom and thought I had to remake them. You can read the sad post here . But then I put on my big girl pants and decided to listen to the voic